Subliminal Methods

The Consequence of Dreaming

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It's easy to compare Subliminal Methods' debut album, The Consequence of Dreaming, to the collected works of Eminem. Rapper Lucas Williams (aka "Element") has a similar rapid-fire delivery and producer/arrangers Matthew Tuchman (aka "Fysics") and Danny Sternfield (aka "Danny Boy") create a spare, haunting soundscape that's not all that far removed from what Em achieved with Dre. But even if The Consequence of Dreaming has some elements of the world's most famous rapper, the comparison isn't entirely accurate, since Subliminal Methods differs in notable ways. First of all, heavy, metallic guitars propel quite a few tracks here, and the beats are relentlessly straight-ahead, preferring aggression to funk. All this makes a hard-driving hip-hop record, one that's much more rock-oriented than most rap records of 2004, but Element is also a considerably different rapper than Eminem, lacking Marshall Mathers' sense of humor. In its place is a flinty honesty that gives this album its open, emotional core. But the thing that distinguishes Subliminal Methods is that it's not just a rapper and his back group, it's a full-fledged band, with music that's as prominent as the lyrics; in fact, "From the Womb to the Tomb" is an instrumental fusion of electronica, hip-hop, and heavy rock that acts as the album's centerpiece. That's what makes The Consequence of Dreaming a promising debut.

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